Clifton High School
333 Colfax Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°52′17″N 74°09′47″W / 40.871253°N 74.163167°W / 40.871253; -74.163167Coordinates: 40°52′17″N 74°09′47″W / 40.871253°N 74.163167°W / 40.871253; -74.163167
TypePublic High School
School districtClifton Public Schools
CEEB code310245
NCES School ID340330004762[1]
PrincipalMichael Doktor
Vice PrincipalsAhmad Hamdeh (South)
Victoria Rogers(Central)
Luis Ros (North)
Susan Schnepf (East)
Peter Cumba (North)
Faculty212.5 FTEs[1]
Enrollment2,874 (as of 2019–20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.5:1[1]
Color(s)  Maroon and
AthleticsBig North Conference (general)
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
MascotClifton Mustang
Team nameMustangs[2]

Clifton High School (CHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from the city of Clifton in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Clifton Public Schools. It has the largest student body in a single facility amongst high schools in New Jersey; Elizabeth High School had more students, but its students have been spread over multiple campuses.[3] An additional overflow site, the Clifton High School Annex, was constructed at a cost of $17 million and opened in September 2009 to accommodate 540 of the school year's 850 incoming freshmen to alleviate overcrowding.[4]

As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,874 students and 212.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.5:1. There were 1,405 students (48.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 265 (9.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 239th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[5] The school had been ranked 274th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 259th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 223rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 280th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8]


Clifton High School is divided into four wings; North, Central, South and East. Between the South and East wings, the William F. Shershin Memorial Technology and Media Center provides students access to many books, music, movies and computers with internet access.

Due to overcrowding, a walkway that runs alongside the four wings was added. There is also an annex building which now contains ASPIRE students. Originally, it had both freshmen students and ASPIRE students in the building. This annex building is located on Brighton Road.



The Clifton High School Mustangs[2] compete in over 50 sport programs as part of the Big North Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools in Bergen and Passaic counties, and was established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[9] For the 2009-10 season, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, an interim conference established to facilitate realignment.[10] Prior to the reorganization, the school had participated in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) an athletic conference of high schools in Bergen and Passaic counties.[11] With 2,131 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,060 to 5,049 students in that grade range.[12] The football team competes in the Liberty Blue division of the North Jersey Super Football Conference, which includes 112 schools competing in 20 divisions, making it the nation's biggest football-only high school sports league.[13][14] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group V North for football for 2018–2020.[15]

Interscholastic athletics offered at the school include:[2]

The boys' baseball team won the North I Group IV state sectional championships in 1960 and 1961.[17]

The boys soccer team won the Group IV state championship in 1967 (defeating East Brunswick High School in the tournament final), 1994 (vs. Cherry Hill High School West), 2007 (as co-champion with Manalapan High School) and 2019 (vs. Hunterdon Central Regional High School).[18] The 1967 team won the Group IV state title, defeating East Brunswick by a score of 4-1 in the championship game played at Fairleigh Dickinson University's campus in Madison.[19] The 2007 boys' soccer team, under the direction of Coach Joe Vespignani, won the North I, Group IV state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over defending Group IV state champion West Orange High School in the tournament final.[20][21] In the state semi-final, Clifton defeated Columbia High School by an identical 1–0 score. The spectacular goal was scored by Manuel Caicedo with a brilliant Bicycle Kick from the penalty spot. Manny Caicedo was named Passaic County Player of the Year and Second Team All State. The team moved on to share the Group IV state championship with a 1-1 tie against Manalapan High School.[22][23] The 2008 boys' soccer team repeated as the North I, Group IV state sectional champion with a 3–2 overtime win against North Bergen High School.[24] In the state semi-final, Clifton defeated Elizabeth High School 2–1 in overtime in a match-up of the two largest high schools in the state, before falling in the state final to Rancocas Valley Regional High School by a score of 2–0.[25] The 2009 boys' soccer team completed a threepeat as the North I, Group IV state sectional champion with a 3–0 win over Livingston High School.[26] In the state semi-final, Clifton defeated Ridge High School 1–0 in double overtime, before falling in the state final to Toms River High School South by a score of 1–0, a goal was the only goal allowed through the five games of the state tournament, in a season in which Clifton had a record of 19–6–1, including 16 shutouts.[27] The team averaged 20 wins a season over the three-year period. In Coach Vespignani's eight years at the helm, the team is a combined 149–36–7. The Clifton boys' soccer team won the Passaic County Championship for nine consecutive years, from 1997 to 2005, before their streak was ended by Wayne Valley, which had lost to Clifton in the tournament finals in both 2004 and 2005 before defeating Clifton in both 2006 and 2007.[28] The 2019 finished the season with a 20-0-1 record after defeating Hunterdon Central on penalty kicks in the Group IV final after a scoreless tie in regulation and overtime.[29]

The boys' bowling team won the state championships in 1970, 1980, 2000 and 2002. The program's four state team titles are tied for third-most of all high schools in the state.[30]

The boys' wrestling team won the North I Group IV state sectional title in 1984, 1986 and 2014, and won the North I Group V title in 2016.[31]

The girls cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1985.[32]

The boys' cross country team won the NNJIL for eight years in a row (1998–2006) and the girls' team won for three years (2004–2007).[citation needed]

The softball team won the Group IV state championship in 1993 (defeating Washington Township High School in the final game of the playoffs), 1997 (vs. Middletown High School South), 1998 (vs. Cherokee High School) and 2007 (vs. Toms River High School East).[33] The 1993 team finished the season with a 24-7 record after winning the Group IV title with a 7-1 win against Washington Township in the championship game played at Trenton State College.[34] In 1997, the team finished with a 31-0 record after winning the Group IV title by defeating Middletown South by a score of 3-2 in the finals.[35] The 1998 team had a 31-0 record and stretched its winning streak to 63 by winning the Group IV title with an 8-0 win against Cherokee in the championship game.[36][37] The 2007 team won the North I, Group IV sectional championship with a 10–0 win over top-seeded Bloomfield High School.[38][39] The team moved on to win the Group IV state championship defeating North Hunterdon High School in the semifinals and then Toms River High School East in the final game of the playoffs, both by a score of 2–0.[40] / The Star-Ledger ranked Clifton as their number-one softball team in the state in 1997 and 1998.[41]

The ice hockey team won the public school state championship in 2001, and won the Handchen Cup in 1989, 1990 and 1995.[42]

The Mustangs won the North I, Group IV football state sectional title in 2006, defeating Eastside High School in the championship game by a score of 26-0 in a game played with 8,000 spectators at Giants Stadium.[43][44][45]

The girls' soccer team at Clifton, under Coach Dan Chilowicz, shared the Passaic County Championship title with Wayne Valley High School in 2007 with a deadlocked score of 0–0. The girls' team, led by Stan Lembryk, was declared county co-champion again in 2009 after a 1–1 tie with Wayne Hills High School.[46]


Clifton High School has over 60 clubs. In its auditoriums, many plays and dance performances are held, many occurring annually. The Chemistry II "Dream Team" members came in second out of 127 schools in the state science competition in 2011.[47]


The Clifton High School Mustang Marching Band, "The Showband of the Northeast", is modeled after the fast-paced, high-stepping, Big-10 bands. It was under the leadership of band director Robert D. Morgan from 1972 through 2013–14. The band is currently under the direction of Bryan Stepneski, a Clifton Mustang Band alumnus.[48] The group forms the letters "C-H-S", similar to the script "O-H-I-O" of The Ohio State University Marching Band. The marching band unravels from a tight block, following one another, forming the school's initials in cursive. The band is showcased in many venues within the city of Clifton. It appears annually in the North Jersey Band Festival, (formally known as the Clifton Band Festival, or Herald News Band Festival) the West Milford Military Tattoo, all Clifton High School football games, and city parades. The Clifton High School Mustang Band has traveled extensively across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada. The Clifton High School Mustang Marching Band won first place in "Best in Parade" during the 2007 and 2008 Columbus Day Parade in New York City, second place in the 2009 Columbus Day Parade, and first place again in 2010. They won first place in the Columbus Day Parade in 2014. In 2016, the band won second place in the Columbus Day Parade once again. Among the other activities in Clifton High School, the city of Clifton placed the marching band on its list of the most recognized activities in the city of Clifton. The Mustang Band also has an active Alumni Association which has given out over $50,000 in scholarships to graduating band members since its founding in 2002.


The Clifton High School "Mechanical Mustangs",[49] team 3314 are a robotics team in the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Mid Atlantic District. The team won their first competition at the Bridgewater-Raritan FIRST Robotics District Competition 2013[50] and their second competition at the Buckeye Regional.[51]

Marine Corps Junior ROTC

The school is one of five in the state to participate in the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program.[52][53]


Core members of the school's administration include:[54]

Notable alumni

See also: Category:Clifton High School (New Jersey) alumni


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Clifton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Clifton High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Alex, Patricia. "Clifton High's 'mosh pit' -- Thousands of teens converge in hallway gridlock", The Record, December 6, 2006. Accessed December 8, 2015. "Clifton High School, circa 1962, is the largest single high school in the state. Only Elizabeth High School has more students, but they are spread out over five campuses."
  4. ^ Gicas, Tony. "Clifton High annex nearly ready", The Record, July 14, 2009. Accessed August 21, 2014. "The Clifton High School annex building, a lightning rod for controversy since its approval in 2004, is complete and almost ready to be occupied.... The $17 million school at 290 Brighton Road, in the renovated former Mayer Textile building, will hold about 540 of the total 850 freshmen expected to be enrolled for classes in September."
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  13. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Here's what we know about the new Super Football Conference 2020 schedule"The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference (SFC) is a 112-team group, the largest high school football-only conference in America, and is comprised of teams from five different counties."
  14. ^ Cooper, Darren. "NJ football: Super Football Conference revised schedules for 2020 regular season"The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference has 112 teams that will play across 20 divisions."
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  18. ^ NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  19. ^ Lurie, Steve. "Clifton Hooters Win State Championship", The Morning Call, November 25, 1967. Accessed March 7, 2021, via "The Clifton High School soccer team achieved the remarkable distinction of winning the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's Group 4 championship in only its fourth year of existence, belting East Brunswick, 4-1, in yesterday's final on the slippery, rain-soaked pitch of Fairleigh Dickinson University's Madison campus.... The Mustangs posted a 14-1-2 record on the way to the State title including tournament wins over Bloomfield, 3-2; Scotch Plains Fanwood, 4-1; and Union, 7-0 on corner kicks after playing 70 minutes to a 3-all tie on goals."
  20. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer – North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  21. ^ Bondy, Stefan. "Clifton earns 'dirty' win -- Thrives in rain and mud to end seven-year drought", Herald News, November 10, 2007. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  22. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  23. ^ Bondy, Stefan. "Clifton rallies, captures share of State crown", Herald News, November 17, 2007. Accessed December 8, 2015. "The Mustangs had plenty of reasons to celebrate their 1-1 tie with Manapalan in Friday's Group 4 boys soccer final. Few expected them to be in this position, raising a trophy for their first State title in 13 years (albeit as co-champions)."
  24. ^ Staff. "Clifton 3, North Bergen 2", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Milton Gutierrez scored with three minutes remaining in the second overtime period to secure Clifton's 2–1 victory over North Bergen and the NJSIAA/MAC Testing North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship yesterday in North Bergen."
  25. ^ Staff. "Red Devils fulfill season of promise, Ryan Finley scored both goals to give Rancocas Valley the state Group 4 crown.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 22, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "With Ryan Finley scoring both goals, Rancocas Valley beat Clifton, 2–0, last night at the College of New Jersey for the state Group 4 championship. Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey since the preseason, Rancocas Valley won its second state title after earning a co-championship in Group 4 in 2004."
  26. ^ Staff. "Boys Soccer - 2009 NJSIAA Tournament - North 1, Group 4 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Boys Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Victor Manosalvas, a senior midfielder, scored twice and junior midfielder Oscar Gonzalez also scored as Clifton won its third consecutive NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship with a 3–0 victory over Livingston yesterday in Clifton."
  27. ^ Karn, Jeff. "Toms River South 1, Clifton 0", The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Chrashewsky scored the winning goal with 24:55 on the clock in the second half and O'Neill made 10 saves to lead Toms River South to a 1–0 victory over Clifton in the final of the NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank Group 4 final in front of 500 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.... On the other hand, Clifton (19–6–1) entered the group final having posted 16 shutouts, including all four of state playoff games... Clifton was appearing in its third straight Group 4 final after tying Manalapan, 1–1, in 2007 and dropping a 2–0 decision to Rancocas Valley a year ago."
  28. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Clifton, Wayne Valley advance to Passaic County final", The Record, October 17, 2010. Accessed June 21, 2011. "It will be the first time the two teams meet in the final since playing each other in four straight from 2004 through 2007. Wayne Valley won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007, ending Clifton's streak of nine straight County titles."
  29. ^ Farrell, Sean. "Clifton boys soccer completes perfect season over Hunterdon Central with win in PKS", The Record, November 17, 2019. Accessed November 15, 2020. "The Mustangs (21-0-1) completed an undefeated season and one of the best ever in North Jersey with some more overtime magic. Suarez scored the winner to give Clifton a 5-4 shootout win over Hunterdon Central and this year's Group 4 championship."
  30. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  31. ^ NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  32. ^ NJSIAA Girls Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  33. ^ NJSIAA Softball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  34. ^ Culligan, Joey. "Washington Township falls", Courier-Post, May 30, 1993. Accessed January 5, 2021, via "It was going to take a very good pitcher to stop the Washington Township High School softball team from winning a state Group 4 title on Saturday. And Clifton's Dana DeVito proved to be just that pitcher. DeVito limited Township's potent offense to just a pair of singles as the North Jersey champions downed Coach Mickey Shaw's team 7-1 at Trenton State College to win the school's first state group crown.... The Bergen County squad, 24-7, scored four runs on hits in the bottom of the second inning and added two more runs in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead."
  35. ^ Chessari, Joe. "Dream comes true; Clifton won't ever forget '97 season", The Record, June 9, 1997. Accessed January 6, 2021, via "Clifton put the finishing touches on its first perfect season with a 3-2 victory over Middletown South in the Group 4 State final. Thirty-one opponents stepped up to the plate against the Mustangs, 31 tried and failed. It was the first perfect softball season in Bergen or Passaic County since Ramsey turned the trick in 1991 by winning 32."
  36. ^ Falzarano, Brian. "Next Year Can Wait for Champion Mustangs; Still, Questions Raised About Softball Team", Herald News, June 8, 1998. Accessed January 6, 2021, via "Drenched after a postgame water-bucket dousing, and also a bit bleary-eyed following Clifton's 8-0 Group 4 championship game win over Cherokee at Toms River North High School, he refused to answer the one question on the tip of every reporter's tongue: What about a three-peat? "I'm not going to talk about nothing," LaDuke said. After basking in his team's second straight Group 4 state title win -- and 63rd consecutive victory second best in state history behind Whippany Park's 75-game streak -- LaDuke would finally get some decent shut-eye, something he said escaped him this season as the skeptics and opposing squads applied an endless amount of pressure."
  37. ^ Sawicki, Greg. "Cherokee defeated by Clifton in bid for title", Courier-Post, June 7, 1998. Accessed January 13, 2021. "The Cherokee High School softball team overcame many obstacles this season. But the Chiefs ran into one hurdle they couldn't clear on Saturday: The No. 1-ranked team in the state, Clifton. The Mustangs (31-0) used a six-run fourth inning to power themselves to their second consecutive Group 4 state title by defeating Cherokee 8-0. It was the 63rd consecutive win for the Mustangs."
  38. ^ 2007 Softball – North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 12, 2007.
  39. ^ Zagoria, Adam. "Grand Sam puts the fight in Clifton", Herald News, June 1, 2007. Accessed December 8, 2015. "Sam Litchfield didn't use any of her tae kwon do maneuvers on the softball field at Pulaski Park, but she certainly helped deliver the knockout blow to Bloomfield in the North 1, Group 4 final. Litchfield, a black belt in the martial art and the right fielder for Clifton, went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and also made an eye-popping running grab in the outfield to lead the No. 2-seeded Mustangs to an emphatic 10–0 victory over the No. 1 Bengals in five innings before an estimated 750 fans."
  40. ^ 2007 Softball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 12, 2007.
  41. ^ "Softball: Every No. 1 team in the state from 1979 to 2015", NJ Advance Media for, June 21, 2015, updated August 24, 2019. Accessed January 4, 2021. "Following are the teams that finished as the No. 1 softball team in the state with year and record.... 1998: Clifton (31-0) 1997: Clifton (31-0)"
  42. ^ NJSIAA Ice Hockey State Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  43. ^ 2006 Football Tournament – North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 4, 2006.
  44. ^ NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  45. ^ McConville, Jim. "Clifton's sixth straight win is a doozy", North Jersey Sports, December 3, 2006. Accessed November 15, 2020. "From that moment on, Clifton has ridden a cresting wave, one that finally crashed ashore on Saturday night in Giants Stadium with full force, crushing an Eastside team that had previously defeated them and leaving only the Mustangs standing. For the first time since 1973, the words Clifton and football champions can co-exist in the same sentence, thanks to a resounding 26-0 defeat of the Ghosts in front of a crowd in excess of 8,000, with at least 75 percent Clifton backers."
  46. ^ Stamboulian, Rich. "Wayne Hills shares Passaic County title with Clifton", Wayne Today, October 29, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "In a result that seemingly pleased no one, Wayne Hills and Clifton battled to a 1-1 overtime tie in Saturday's Passaic County final and were declared Co-Champions. It was the sixth time in tournament history that the championship game went to overtime with two of those ending in ties. Clifton was a part of two of those games having tied Wayne Hills in a scoreless battle at Hawthorne in 2003 and having tied Wayne Valley in 2007."
  47. ^ Gicas, Tony. "CHS chemistry 'dream team' makes district proud ", Clifton Journal, May 27, 2011. Accessed December 8, 2015. "Led by Vetri Velan and Kevin Lorenc, this year's valedictorian and salutatorian, the Chemistry II team fought its way to the number two overall ranking in the state amongst 127 schools."
  48. ^ Staff. "Mustang Band orientation scheduled for June 6", Clifton Journal, June 3, 2011. Accessed June 20, 2011. "The Mustang Marching Band performs at all high school football games as well as at various parades and special events. Known as the Showband of the Northeast and The Pride of Clifton, the band will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2013."
  49. ^ "Mechanical Mustangs - Team 3314". The Blue Alliance. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  50. ^ "2013 Bridgewater-Raritan FIRST Robotics District Competition". The Blue Alliance. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  51. ^ "2018 Buckeye Regional". The Blue Alliance. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  52. ^ MCJROTC Information, Clifton High School. Accessed March 10, 2018.
  53. ^ New Jersey, Marine Corps Junior ROTC Training and Education Command. Accessed March 7, 2018.
  54. ^ Administration, Clifton High School. Accessed March 14, 2018.
  55. ^ Gicas, Tony. "Clifton High School principal officially removed", Clifton Journal, June 28, 2013. Accessed July 2, 2013. "Although many students and residents converged on the Board of Education's administration building last Wednesday evening to plead for the reappointment of Clifton High School's former principal. As his replacement, Superintendent Richard Tardalo put forward elementary School 17 Principal Anthony Orlando, a Clifton native who graduated through the school system and has worked in the district as an administrator for several years."
  56. ^ "Icon FC Will Host Stal Mielec of Poland This Saturday In Clifton, NJ", The Post-Eagle, June 13, 2016. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Bajek is a Clifton High School graduate who earned all-state honors for the Mustangs, and was a three-time All-American at Kean University before launching a long professional career in Poland and the U.S. 'Clifton will always be home. I was raised here, learned to play soccer here and now very proud to return with a professional team and the opportunity to showcase world-class soccer matches at Clifton High School Stadium.'"
  57. ^ Cotter, Kelly-Jane. "Jersey Girl has starring role in Project Almanac", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 2015. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Clifton's Sofia Black D'Elia stars in sci-fi thriller Project Almanac.... A graduate of Clifton High School, D'Elia might be recognizable to soap opera fans through her breakthrough role as Bailey Wells on All My Children."
  58. ^ Porter, David L., ed. Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary, p. 48. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. ISBN 9780313309526 Accessed August 29, 2020. "Borgmann lived in New Jersey his entire life. He graduated from Clifton High School (New Jersey) in 1917 and immediately excelled as a shooting forward for several local basketball clubs."
  59. ^ Fensom, Michale J. "Red Bulls sign Clifton native Jonathan Borrajo", The Star-Ledger, January 5, 2012. Accessed November 12, 2013. "Jonathan Borrajo, a former standout at Clifton High School, signed today with the Red Bulls, the team announced through a press release."
  60. ^ "Office real estate magnate John Cali dies at 95", The Record, February 4, 2013, copied by Montclair State University. Accessed September 17, 2018. "John Cali graduated from Clifton High School, and worked his way through Indiana University by playing saxophone and clarinet."
  61. ^ Russ Carroccio Stats, Accessed March 14, 2018.
  62. ^ Szieber, Tom. "Assistant football coaches make impact for Clifton", The Record, October 10, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2018. "And as far as Anthony, he got educated by [former Clifton graduate and current head football coach at Kean University] Dan Garrett."
  63. ^ Bob Holly Stats, Accessed March 14, 2018.
  64. ^ Washburn, Lindy. "Invincible Karin battles the odds", The Record, November 4, 1984. Accessed July 12, 2020. "This year's Clifton High School homecoming queen, a 17-year-old senior named Karin Korb, seems to have everything going for her everything, that is, except use of her legs."
  65. ^ Wojtek Krakowiak, Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Krakowiak, a native of Poland who played high school soccer at Clifton High School, went on to Clemson University, where in 1998, he scored 31 goals, earning First Team All-America honors and more importantly, was presented with the Hermann Trophy, symbolic of being the top college soccer player in the country."
  66. ^ Szieber, Tom. "Clifton's 2001 team set standard for girls soccer program", The Record, July 14, 2017. Accessed September 6, 2017. "A 1987 Clifton High School graduate who was a star player under his mentor, Lembryk took the job on a mission to put the girls on par with the boys team on which he played (and now coaches), as well a contender on the girls circuit."
  67. ^ Daidone, Angela. "Bringing women's stories to life", Clifton Journal, October 23, 2009. Accessed May 24, 2020. "'Nellie Bly was a gutsy woman who did not want to be stuck in a traditional woman's role of writing about the flower show for the society pages,' said Macy, a Clifton native who now lives in Englewood.... Macy went on to become editor of the Hub, Clifton High School's newspaper and attended Princeton University upon graduation."
  68. ^ Ratish, Robert. "Pharmacy Graduate Pledges $5m Shot In Arm For Rutgers -- School To Be Renamed For Former Clifton Man", The Record, December 16, 2001. Accessed May 13, 2007. "...graduated from Clifton High School when he was 16 years old..."
  69. ^ Biography: Ronald F. Maxwell - Narrator Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Horses of Gettysburg. Accessed June 17, 2007. "Ronald F. Maxwell is the son of a World War II veteran and a French war bride. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Clifton High School."
  70. ^ Doherty, Justin. What It Means to Be a Badger: Barry Alvarez and Wisconsin's Greatest Players, p. 69. Triumph Books, 2011. ISBN 9781617495373. Accessed September 29, 2016. "So I really didn't start until I was a sophomore at Clifton High School in Clifton, New Jersey."
  71. ^ "The Whale's Own Jersey Girls", Cetacean Nation. Accessed December 29, 2020. "Kayla Meneghin went to both New Jersey’s Clifton High School and the Gunnery in Connecticut for her prep career, and then Plattsburgh State University in New York."
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